Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass between Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) and Kyler Brown (56) during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Could the New York Giants Go After Mike Evans?


Free agency really gave the New York Giants a boost for 2014.  Could they crown their efforts by getting Eli Manning a new toy in Mike Evans?

Victor Cruz shaky on the value of Rueben Randle

Wide receivers by their very nature are outgoing, opinionated people.  Victor Cruz of the New York Giants is no different.  He had some things to say regarding the status of his team, particularly the offense and how its shaping up for 2014.  One of his comments certainly raised a few eyebrows in regards to the Giants NFL draft plans.  Cruz stated what the team should really do is find a replacement at the outside receiver position to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks.  Indeed without a presence on the outside, Cruz, a Pro Bowler himself would certainly see more blanket coverages from defenses.  After all, do they have any reason to fear third-year man Rueben Randle who currently looks like the favorite to replace Nicks?  Last season he had 41 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns.  That was with the threat of Nicks on the other side.  Without him?  Outside of head coach Tom Coughlin few have expressed resounding support for the young wide out.  Count Cruz among that crowd.

Eli Manning would see lots of Plaxico Burress in Evans

So if he’s right then the best option expected to be within reach of the New York Giants come draft day is Texas A&M standout Mike Evans.  Standout he certainly does too.  Every bit of 6’5″ he has that Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green kind of look to him.  He’s not only big but faster than many expected with good hands and explosive leaping ability that allows him to go up and get the football.  Eli Manning will instantly see visions of former teammate Plaxico Burress when he watches Evans.  Burress too was a 6’5″ monster who outmuscled defenders for the football.  The two of them together helped take down the mighty New England Patriots in that epic Super Bowl XLII upset.  Would anybody blame Eli for wanting to revisit that success with another such type of receiver?  The problem is Evans is easily the second-best receiver on the board behind Sammy Watkins of Clemson, who’s expected to go in the top 5.  That means Evans will probably go somewhere between #5 and #11.  New York currently sits at #12.  If Evans is in their sights they will have to move up to get him.

Is that in the cards?  Victor Cruz certainly hopes so.

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  • Gary Carter

    Can’t say I’d be upset our offense was stagnant last year to many 3 and outs

    • Erik Lambert

      I think an Evans-Cruz combination would be devastating provided the Giants can protect Eli.

    • Panther Hines

      Periods aren’t just a suggestion

  • renenyg1

    Reciever is the most deepest in this in history,I have never seen a draft with these many legit receivers and the best one is Branden Cooks with every sleeping on him.I’ve been following draft for two stadiums and this draft is awesome when you talking quality receivers.I want Martin because he’s an awesome oline ,how the hell can we go wrong there .He plays every position right away.He can be an all pro guard at worse but I would put him at left tackle.

    • Erik Lambert

      I can’t deny Martin is exactly what the Giants need. He’s one of those rare point-and-plug types who can play any position he’s needed at. Eli would benefit immediately from his presence.

      • renenyg1

        Eli needs alot of help and we don’t know how ready Beautty is going to be.If Eli gets killed like last year we are done receivers or not.I love Martin as a player,he is a leader and he beats everyone he plays ,I don’t think we can go wrong with hims he is a very sure pick and could very well turn into the best tackle in this draft because he is so solid already.

        • Erik Lambert

          Do you not think the addition of Geoff Schwartz is enough to warrant waiting until the 2nd or 3rd rounds?

          • Panther Hines

            The Giants need a lot of help on both sides. If the tackle position is as deep as he stated then I would say yes, they should wait or move back for Martin. I dont really understand why he said the draft is deep at tackle then immediately followed by saying they should reach for Martin

          • Erik Lambert

            Martin might be considered a reach at #12 because he’s primarily viewed as a right tackle or guard but I think his value is higher than that and Ren is alluding to that.

  • royhobbs7

    Aaron Donald if available at 12 will be the steal of the draft. He’s a smaller version of Ndamukong Suh.

    • Erik Lambert

      You’re not wrong. That is a way they could go but are you confident the Giants can properly arm Eli later on?

    • renenyg1

      Alot smaller version,he can be run at with good big lineman ,but he is a great player I;m just calling it like I see it.I want my tackles stockier type against the run,you do get more rush from Donald though and I like him alot ,I would put him at end.

  • Gary Carter

    Donald had 20+tackles for a loss If he weren’t stuffing the run they would be called sacks and how many times has Hankins said he’s here to stop the run our defense wasn’t bad last year and I think our free agent signings should be at the very least a slight improvement so I think we get a wideouts in round 2 TE round 3 in my estimation Donald is the best value at 12.

  • Gary Carter

    We have five tackles on our roster why would we sign another in round 1 to me that would be second guessing our own signings in free agency while also telling the fresh faces you don’t believe in them and if we don’t believe in them why did we sign them I think we get more value on the defensive side of the ball early seeing as defense is thin this year while offense is loaded so go Defense Rd1 WR, TE rd’s 2 and 3 as there will still be great value at those to positions as opposed to defense where value will be coming of the board quickly.

  • Gary Carter

    I want Aaron Donald if he makes it to 12 my next choice would be Kony Ealy not a lot of depth on the defensive side of the ball this year while there’s a ton of offensive talent please don’t jump the Gun on a WR or TE there is plenty of value at those positions in later rounds . We definitely need to sure up center but there should be value there in later rounds the only WR’s worth the 12th pick Evans, and Watkins will be off the board and while I like Ebron I think we can get better value at TE in later rounds